# Homework 8: Atmosphere

```Ways of Knowing Science: ILS 153
Name:______________________________
Climate Change homework 1: The Atmosphere
To understand the issues with climate change, it is necessary to understand the
dimensions of our atmosphere and the influence of human on it. To do that, you are
going to do two scale models of the planet and calculate your carbon footprint.
Here is the information you need:
Distance from center of Earth
Sea Level
6,371 km
Mt Everest
6,380 km
Top of Troposphere 6,382 km (Troposphere average is 11 km thick)
Top of Stratosphere 6,421 km (Stratosphere average is 40 km thick)
Top of Mesosphere 6,461 km (Mesosphere average is ~50 km thick)
Top of Thermosphere 6,871 km (Thermosphere average is ~500 km thick)
Question #1: Make a scale model of the Earth on a sheet of paper. SHOW YOUR
WORK SO THAT I CAN FOLLOW IT. Put on sea level, the top of the mesosphere, and
the top of the thermosphere. Calculate how thick the troposphere would be, but you will
not be able to put it on the model because it is too small (This is the point: Human
existence is completely dependent on the troposphere)
Question #2: Make a scale model of all of the layers of the atmosphere above Wisconsin
on a sheet of paper. Denote the correct scaled height of Mt Everest. Assume that the
surface of the world is flat. SHOW YOUR WORK SO THAT I CAN FOLLOW IT.
As a reminder from Homework #1:
Distance on map
Scale (known) = _______________
Distance in reality (known)
 which is exactly equal to…
Distance in map = Scale (known) * Distance in reality (known)
Question #3: Using either of the following websites, calculate your carbon footprint.
&lt;http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/carboncalculator/&gt;
&lt;http://www.begreennow.com/calculator&gt; (For students who do live in dorms)
Report the numbers in the space below. What is the cause of your single largest carbon
output?
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